If blacking out in a nightclub wasn’t terrifying enough, a woman from Devon woke up to find a human bite mark on her arm.
Hattie, who is 18, appealed to her followers on TikTok the morning after to find out who left deep, painful-looking teeth marks on her arm – and ask whether she was in any further danger.
In her TikTok video, she points the camera at her arm which has visible indents that look like human teeth marks, surrounded by red, swollen skin. She wrote: “Whoever was in fever in Exeter last night and bit me, let me know that you don’t have a disease [and] that I’m gonna live :)”
The caption reads: “Allow the hairy arms i wanna know who bit me.”
Her TikTok video has been viewed over 1.4million times attracting thousands of comments from viewers who said it was “grotty”, “feral” and “awful”.
One TikTok commenter said: “Nurse here! If they broke the skin you need to go to A&E, human mouths have a crazy amount of bacteria and you could need an injection or antibiotic.”
Another said: “Microscopic tears are possible.”
Prompted by the concern from her followers, Hattie took herself to an NHS walk-in centre, where she posted a TikTok update. In her video, the bruising has got much worse.
Worryingly, Hattie believes she was spiked, telling the Daily Mail: “I don't remember anything. I refuse to be a girl who wears armour into a club because I don't want to be spiked with a needle or bitten.”
Spiking is a criminal offence that carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, and yet not everyone thinks reports are being taken seriously enough due to extremely low criminal conviction rates. In 2018, police forces released figures showing there hadn’t been a single spiking conviction in Scotland in the last five years.
The latest fears are about spiking by injection as people are finding needle marks on the skin after blacking out on nights out. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have revealed nearly 300 incidents since September.
In Harriet’s case, biting is classed as Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) with a sentence of five years but she believes she may never know exactly what happened.
She said: “If this is going to be a thing that women need to look out for, then it's terrifying.”
We have contacted Fever nightclub in Essex for comment.
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